I got word the other day that a picture book manuscript my friend and I had sent out back in December had been rejected. We had worked so hard on that opus and the carefully worded cover letter that went along with it. Unfortunately, the story did not meet their current needs.
As writers rejections are common. They’re disappointing, but it shouldn’t mean we toss in the towel and give up. We need to rise up from our rejections, realizing that there are many reasons for the lack of interest. One very important reason as Christians is to realize that a particular publisher may not be the avenue our story was meant to travel.
Giving our writing to God means we accept the closed doors as well as the open ones. We are to trust His provision of opportunity, or lack thereof. We are called to work on the gift and talent He has given us, even if it means receiving hundreds of rejections before a yes nod finally comes through.
So what keeps me going? What keeps me sending out those manuscripts even though there is a 50-50 chance of rejection? Because I believe what Philippians 4: 13 says, ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Contributed by Catherine L. Osornio